ICGEE Curriculum development
A key element of any structured PhD programme is the availability of modules specifically designed for post graduate research student (technical, transferable and generic courses). For reasons of scale, cost and facilities, provision of ICGEE courses is based on a common (shared) curriculum between all academic partners, achieved through sharing between participating institutions. As such, the delivery method for courses wherever possible is both open and flexible.
ICGEE is actively seeking new academic members or collaborators to participate in the development of the ICGEE national PhD Curriculum in Micro- & Nano- Engineering. We invite applications from lecturers or Principal Investigations who wish to share their courses with other members of the consortium. ICGEE will provide limited financial assistance to develop or enhance the course for distant or online delivery through our virtual learning environment, thus opening the course to a wider and national pool of graduate students. The Virtual Learning Environment provides the technology and infrastructure aimed at delivering modules to scholars who are not physically "on site" in a traditional classroom or campus sense thus creating an educational experience of equal quality for the learner that best suits their needs outside the classroom.
In addition to the strict requirements for quality and scientific level, courses will have to have been approved by the Academic council or equivalent accreditation body at the providing institution. Suitability or acceptance criteria for module acceptance will be judged on the following:
- Course syllabus fits within the ICGEE objectives of Micro & Nano-Engineering (Design, Fabrication & Characterization of Electronic, Photonic and Electro-mechanical Micro- and Nano-Systems);
- Courses should be designed to meet the learning outcomes of a level 9/10 award within the National Qualifications Authority of Ireland framework;
- Course should be developed for open and flexible learning allowing participation by off-site students – virtual classrooms. An alternative to virtual classroom courses is that they should be developed for intensive block-delivery (preference of max one week duration);
- Timely announcement of the course containing all course details;
- Quality and scientific level: content, handling and reference to actual state-of-the-art issues, lecturer(s), , lecture notes & resources, infrastructure and organization, etc.;
- Accessibility to both ICGEE and non-ICGEE students and professionals. Flexible format to address PhD students (Tutorial introductions, hands-on sessions, lectures) and professionals (lectures with reference to industrial needs and issues);
- Course fitting the rules for the proposed number of ECTS credits;
- Course accredited by the Doctoral School/Academic council of the home university before the start of the course;
- Assessment/Exam/Evaluation organized at the completion of the course and issue of a certificate for ECTS credits.
Interested collaborators should contact the ICGEE Programme Administrator through Contact Us form for more information.